EU - This week, the European pig slaughter market tends to appear in a steady to friendly pply and demand are basically balanced. Yet, the producers remain generally displeased about the current price level as to this time of year. Furthermore, optimism prevails which so far, however, has not sufficed to make prices go up clearly. The majority of the EU member countries' quotations moved sideward again this week. The supply situation being satisfactory, leeway is missing in most of the countries as to pricing. The situation is slightly more positive in the southern countries. Moderate price increases are reported on from Spain and France, naming a corrected plus 1.7 and 1.4 cents respectively. Nonetheless, a seasonal high of prices is also still being waited for in the South. A strikingly positive trend is observed in the Netherlands. There, the prices are usually made following the German model.